Dog owner reveals the secret to getting her seven pet pooches to line up for stunning photographs

  • Kaylee Robertson has six Shetland Sheepdogs and an Alaskan Klee Kai who are like ‘models’
  • Her clever pooches have been taught to stand still together while she takes pictures of them
  • Some of the adorable canines have been posing for pictures since they were four weeks old

These are the stunning pictures of seven adorable dogs – which could be the most obedient pooches in Scotland.

Kaylee Robertson has six Shetland Sheepdogs and one Alaskan Klee Kai which she says are like ‘fully- trained models’.Shelties posing

See the rest of the beautiful images by visiting the Daily Mail page.

The 28-year-old’s clever pups have been taught to stand together while she takes pictures of them striking a pose.

The cute pups, whose ages range from six months to six years old, are called Fenton, Thiago, Gimli, Mercy, Ghost, Murphy and Jara. Some of the dogs, who are named after Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones characters, have been posing since they were four weeks old.

Kaylee, an ambulance technician from Scalloway, the largest of the Shetland Islands, says the trick to having such well-trained dogs is ‘bribery’. ‘We give them lots of treated and positive reinforcement,’ she said.

‘When they had sat nicely and looked at the camera we would throw them a ball. They associate it as a game.’

When Kaylee gives the command for them to ‘release’ they are rewarded with a ball, which they all end up squabbling over.And the dogs have become local celebrities, with patients always asking Kaylee about them when riding in the back of her ambulance.

The avid dog-owner had one Shetland Sheepdog but decided she wanted more. So she decided to surprise her husband-to-be by bringing home one every week after they moved in together.

She said: ‘He was so mad. I had it all planned, I was going to make him a nice meal when he came home and surprise him. Now he will kiss the dogs before he kisses me!’

The doggy photographer says the best advice for taking photos of your pooch is to keep a happy dog.

‘You can’t take a pretty picture of a dog if they look sad. So relax, enjoy the moment and when the timing is right – take the shot,’ she said.

Kaylee began training the animals as a child with her first dog Flint who was a Shetland Sheepdog.

She said: ‘I had ten beautiful years with that gorgeous soul who I used to show at the local dog competitions. We won pretty much everything and I also scooped the junior handler with him.’
Kaylee sadly lost her childhood pet to bone cancer but he has remained an inspiration for her to train dogs ever since.

She said: ‘He was my inspiration and I cant help but think of him every time I get my camera out.’

Kaylee also gets a lot of requests from other dog-owners asking if she will do a photo shoot with their pets.

She said: ‘A lot of people want me to take pictures of their dogs and think that I must have a way with dogs. What they don’t realise it that it takes years of training.

‘I met a fantastic woman who was travelling the world with her five Shetland Sheepdogs and she stopped in Shetland.

‘They were very well behaved and I managed to get a shot of her group with mine. Very nice to see Shelties coming home to their roots.’

Kaylee’s images are set to be hung on Shetland Hospital’s wall to cheer up patients and she said she ‘feels humbled by the fact that people enjoy them so much’.

Apparently in Melbourne, Australia!

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“We were at a Sheltie party, held annually here in Melbourne, Australia.
All the dogs have so much fun roaming in this huge yard and playing.
There would probably been about 50 or more!” Sue

Dickie’s 10th birthday was this past week.

It is hard to believe that a decade has passed since we brought home literally a large guinea pig and watched him grow into our beautiful Sheltie.

dickie-bday-1It is brutally hot here so I made Dickie a nice cool birthday supper made of human food just for this special night. A grilled chicken tender, a Sheltie sized baked potato, lettuce, yellow beans, baby tomatoes and parsley from my garden, sliced carrots, some boiled egg and a little spoonful of baked beans (which he is mad for).

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Happy birthday Dickie!

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As if being posted on Sheltie Nation several times isn’t enough fame and fortune for Mr Chance, he has been featured in this months Grosse Pointer Magazine. It is an article dedicated to pet massage therapy.

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He looks pretty happy, Gloria!

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Photos from the rescue show the emotional moment Macdonald and Max were reunited.

The case of a missing Sheltie turned into a dramatic rescue Thursday after firefighters had to save a family pet that had fallen over a cliff.

Fraser Macdonald discovered his dog Max had gone missing Wednesday night from their Belcarra yard, and it wasn’t until Thursday morning that the first clues of Max’s whereabouts were noticed by a neighbor.

The neighbor alerted Macdonald after hearing barks from the other side of a large bluff. After looking, they found Max about 70-feet down the cliff.

Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department was called and collaborated with Port Moody Fire to perform a high-angle rescue. Max was lifted up the bluff in one of Macdonald’s shopping bags.

The dog was in good health, except for being a little thirsty.

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We love happy endings!

Shetland Sheepdog found on Martis Peak after being lost for five weeks

Veering off the more travelled snowmobile trails around Martis Peak, Ben Visnye and Luke Markham headed into untracked territory on a hillside in the late morning on New Year’s Eve. Suddenly, Markham spotted a small dug out circle in the snow. From inside the hole, a small dog raised its head — its hair matted, eyes almost closed shut with fluid, and ice balls covering its body. There were no signs other than the dog — no tracks from people, skiers, snowmobilers, or even the dog itself.

“The dog was literally frozen into the snow,” Visnye said.

The two Kings Beach locals pulled the dog out of the circle — made either by its body warmth melting the snow around it, or by pawing a place for itself — covered it with a jacket, gave it a bite of a granola bar and some water, and placed it on one of their laps for a five-mile snowmobile ride back home. Once home, they put the dog next to the fire and made a few phone calls, the first to the owners’ phone number displayed on its tag.

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SURVIVOR: After enduring freezing temperatures and frequent snowstorms for approximately five weeks, Seamus, a Sheltie, is reunited with his family on Jan. 2. Pictured, left to right: Patrick Concannon, Sarah Felicetti (Donner Truckee Veterinary Hospital Kennel Attendant and Veterinary Assistant), Nedra Benites (DTVH Office Manager), and Diane Concannon. Photo by Eve Quesnel/Moonshine Ink

Markham then took the barely surviving animal to the Donner Truckee Veterinary Hospital in Truckee where Seamus, the Shetland Sheepdog, often known as a Sheltie, was given IV fluids to support stressed organ systems and to treat dehydration. Blood samples were taken to check organ systems for normal function. After Seamus experienced diarrhea after eating small frequent feedings of a bland diet, he was given GI medication to treat possible parasites. The Sheltie weighed a mere 15 pounds when he entered the hospital, down from his already slight build of 25 pounds. After a full examination and administration of medications, DTVH staff determined the dog had arrived at the nick of time — he was weakened, but was going to survive, so they lay him on a heated bed with extra blankets for a full night of warm sleep.

Hospital staff said that when Seamus first arrived at the hospital he was listless and disoriented from his traumatic experience, but when he received TLC he became more enthusiastic, connecting with the people around him.

On the other side of the story are Seamus’s owners, Moss Beach residents (between San Francisco and Half Moon Bay) Diane and Patrick Concannon, who received the good news as they were driving to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Diane looked down at her phone and thought, “A 530 area code? Could it be? Is it possible that Seamus is still alive?”

On Saturday Nov. 28, Seamus ran away behind their house in Agate Bay. Two days after Seamus had been missing, a woman reported seeing a dog on Highway 267 on the Tahoe side, but the dog fled when she tried to get his attention.

“We looked everywhere,” Diane explained. “We knocked on doors and posted fliers in the neighborhood and at the Humane Society and at veterinarians.”

After receiving the snowmobilers’ phone call, the Concannons rushed up from Southern California to see their miraculous fuzzy family member who had survived outside for approximately five weeks in below-freezing temperatures and early snowstorms.

The happy reunion happened Jan. 2 at Donner Truckee Veterinary Hospital. Just before the family left to go home, they praised the hospital staff for the wonderful care.

“We can’t thank you enough, and Ben and Luke, for everything you’ve done,” said Patrick, just before leaving the vet’s office with a tough Sheltie on his road back to health. “We can’t believe we have our Seamus back.”